'Mythbusters' Host Grant Imahara Dies at 49

July 13, 2020 - 10:26 pm

Electrical engineer and former host of "Mythbusters," Grant Imahara, has passed away suddenly at the age of 49 due to a brain aneurysm, the Discovery Channel confirmed on Monday night.

“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” a spokesperson for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.

Imahara hosted over 200 episodes of "Mythbusters," a tenure that began in 2005 on season 3 and spanned through 2014.

On the show, on which he was invited by main host Jamie Hyneman and served as part of the Build Team with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, Imahara made robots and other electronics used for experiments on the program.

Imahara also hosted Netflix's "White Rabbit Project" and spent years as a model maker specializing in animatronics for major motion pictures including "Star Wars" & "Matrix" films.

On Monday, his "MythBusters" and "White Rabbit Project" co-host Kari Byron shared a photo of herself with Imahara and Belleci in remembrance.

"Sometimes I wish I had a time machine," the caption read.

"Mythbusters" co-host Adam Savage tweeted that he was "at a loss" over the death of the "truly brilliant engineer."

"I’m at a loss. No words," Savage wrote. "I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend."

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